2015-06-11 / News Briefs

News Briefs


This photo, reminiscent of the dancing at the Forty Steps by Newport’s Irish in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was taken at Slea Head, on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. This photo, reminiscent of the dancing at the Forty Steps by Newport’s Irish in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was taken at Slea Head, on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. Walking Tours Featured at Gallery Night

Newport Gallery Night is ramping up its programming for the summer, and the season is kicking into high gear at member galleries, museums and cultural institutions at the Gallery Night on Thursday, June 11, from 5-8 p.m.

Free guided walking art tours will resume with the short, informational tours running as follows: 5 p.m. on Bellevue Avenue meeting inside at C.L. Sherman’s Gallery at the Hotel Viking; 6 p.m. at 141 Spring St. meeting inside Art on Spring; and 7 p.m. downtown meeting inside Arnold Art Gallery at 210 Thames St. The tours last 30-45 minutes and will include information about participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions in each area, as well as interesting art related stories. The tours will run on Gallery Nights, held on the second Thursday of the month, through September.

Newport Art Museum will be open, offering free admission to the galleries.

The Samuel Whitehorne Museum, at 416 Thames St., will also offer free admission, displaying the most significant collection of Newport furniture in Rhode Island. Explore the design and craftsmanship of the colonial era inside the city’s only Federal style mansion open to the public.

Spring Bull Gallery will feature a new program, “Meet the Artist.” Gail Armstrong, professional artist and Spring Bull gallery member, will offer a personal view of the creative process, entertain questions on painting and working as a professional artist, and give a painting demonstration.

Free parking is available at the Gateway Visitors Center and at the Newport Art Museum. For more information, visit newportgalleries.org.

Hospital Welcomes General Surgeon

Newport Hospital announced that Bradford Gray, M.D., FACS, has joined the Newport Hospital medical staff as a general surgeon. He began seeing patients on June 8.

A graduate of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, Gray received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed his resident training at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Gray’s expertise in surgical services includes management of benign and malignant breast conditions; thyroid surgery; endoscopic procedures; management of malignant skin conditions, including melanoma; and advanced laparoscopic surgery, including hernia repair, colon surgery and foregut (esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestines) surgery.


Gary Loftus, left, and Chris Kirwin, members of the Dennis E. Collins Ancient Order of Hibernians in Newport, prepare bicycles for transportation at the Newport County Boys and Girls Club. The bicycles will be used by children attending the club’s summer camp, Camp Grosvenor, in Saunderstown. The two organizations have a long history of philanthropic partnership. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Gary Loftus, left, and Chris Kirwin, members of the Dennis E. Collins Ancient Order of Hibernians in Newport, prepare bicycles for transportation at the Newport County Boys and Girls Club. The bicycles will be used by children attending the club’s summer camp, Camp Grosvenor, in Saunderstown. The two organizations have a long history of philanthropic partnership. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Gray welcomes new patients and is currently located in the University Surgical Associates office at 23 Powel Ave. Effective July 1, the University Surgical Associates office will be relocated across the street to the main Newport Hospital campus.

‘An Evening for Education’

The Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards for 2015 will be presented at the Newport Public Educaton Foundation’s annual benefit event, “An Evening for Education,” which will be held Friday, June 19 at the Edward King House. Tickets can be purchased online at npefri.org and include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, call 401-847-2100 x219.

Diabetes Support Group

A diabetes support group, facilitated by a certified diabetes educator from the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, will meet June 11 and is offered monthly on the second Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Edward King Center, 35 King St., Newport. No doctor’s referral is required. It is free and open to all who are living with diabetes. To attend or for more information, call 401-682-2100.

‘Summer at the Steps’

The sixth annual benefit for the Museum of Newport Irish History’s Interpretive Center, “Summer at the Steps,” will be held Saturday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Ochre Court. In the spirit of the summertime music and dancing at the nearby Forty Steps by the Irish of Newport in the late 1800s and early 1900s, traditional Irish music will be played by The Publicans. Tickets are $95 per person and are inclusive of hors d’oeuvres, a variety of food stations, a hosted bar, and desserts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the “Events” page on newportirishhistory.org, or contact Maeve Sheehan at 401- 608-2065 or maeves@hotmail.com. All reservations will be held at the door. No tickets will be mailed. Reservations are requested by June 20.

The event will help fund the Interpretive center’s operating expenses and enhancements to center displays. To learn more about the organization, to join, or make a donation, visit newportirishhistory.org.

Camp Happy Tails

Registration for the Potter League’s 2015 Camp Happy Tails is open. Camp Happy Tails introduces kids to the wonders of the animal kingdom and unleashes a love for making a difference in animals’ lives. Camp activities include making animal crafts, playing animal-themed games, completing service projects, hearing from guest speakers and interacting with shelter animals.

The Potter League also offers a full day camp program in partnership with the Newport County YMCA. An extended day care option allowing time for more projects, animals, fun, games and in-depth hands-on learning experience is also available.

Enroll at potterleague.org. For more information contact Anastacia Southland, at 401-846-0592 x 120, or anastacias@potterleague.org.

Camp Preparations Underway

Registration for summer athletic programming is now open at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

Basketball leagues for boys entering grades five through eight will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from June 16 through July 30. Game times fluctuate depending on schedule.

Basketball clinics for girls entering grades five through eight will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sessions will run from July 6 through Aug.17.

In partnership with Newport Boxfit, youth fitness classes will be offered at the Boys and Girls Club for youth to work on strength and conditioning. Sessions will be available for youth entering grades five through nine and will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Session runs from July 8 through Aug. 19.

Together with the Tennis Hall of Fame, the Boys & Girls Club will offer free tennis lessons for boys and girls ages seven to 14 on Monday and Thursdays from 1 - 2 p.m. Tennis activities also available for children ages five and six.

All programming will take place at the Central Clubhouse located on 95 Church St., Newport. Those interested in signing up should contact the Central Clubhouse at 401-847-6927.

Witherbee School Open House

Celebrate Flag Day at Middletown’s one room schoolhouse, the Witherbee School on Sunday, June 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. Consider what life was like in the 1800s, which states were not in the Union, and how the flag differed. Event sponsored by the Middletown Historical Society. School is located at the corner of Valley Road and Green End Avenue.

McCarthy Sports Grant

The Michael E. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Youth Sports Grant program is now accepting applications for the fall cycle.

The Youth Sports Grant program, in honor of Michael McCarthy’s love of sports and his dedication to academics, will provide funding for Newport County schools, sports organizations, and individuals. Eligible applicants must be participating in the following areas: youth athletic programs; community based programs addressing an active lifestyle and team building skills; and established camps with an emphasis on sports.

The grant program is particularly interested in providing opportunities for participation of children and young adults age 18 and under. The grant program may provide financial support for the following purposes: youth sports programs and projects, full or partial scholarship funding for camps or youth athletic programs, and financial support for equipment and small capital projects.

Grants will be awarded to a variety of sports and recreational activities in Newport County. The deadline is July 1. The application can be found at mccarthyscholarship.org/grant/.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m., and every third Thursday of the month, at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. (between VanZandt and Battery).

The Academy Award documentary semifinalist, “Under Our Skin,” updated edition, will be shown at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in Kingstown on June 17 at 7 p.m. This film tells the hidden story of Lyme disease.

A second film, “Emergence: Under Our Skin 2,” will be shown the following week, on June 24 at 7 p.m. After the showing of the film on June 24, there will be a panel available to answer questions.

For questions or more information, contact Jane at lymenewport@gmail.com.

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at Newport Hospital. Patients and/or caregivers are welcome to attend. The group meets monthly, every third Saturday, for an informal meeting on education and support for those affected with Parkinson’s.

For more information, contact Barbara Smith at 401-789-1333 or fes217@aol.com.

Commission Promotes Sister Cities

The Newport Hospitality Commission (NHC) is tasked with helping the mayor’s office to implement programs promoting the Sister City program. Newport has six sister cities: Shimoda, Japan; Kinsale, Ireland; Imperia, Italy; Skiathos, Greece; Ponta Delgada, The Azores; and St. John, New Brunswick. The commission’s next meeting is Wednesday, June 17 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the police station. NHC members volunteer to welcome delegates from visiting sister cities and coordinate student exchange programs. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. For more information, contact Colleen McGrath at 401-662-1849.

MHS 1970 Reunion

The Middletown High School Class of 1970 will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year on Friday, July 17 at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club, Middletown. An evening clambake beginning at 6 p.m. is planned. Non-seafood menu choices are also available. Tickets are $65 per person. Family and friends welcome. Additional weekend opportunities offered.

For more information, call Donna Trickey Nedderman at 401-849- 2050, or email Jason Thomas at jathomas2@cox.net.

Potter Pet U

The June Potter Pet University program, “How a Former Fighting Dog is Saving Lives in RI” will be presented by Mark Stoutzenberger on Wednesday, June 17 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals, Middletown.

He will talk about how “Handsome Dan” was saved from the infamous dog fighting operation of NFL quarterback, Michael Vick, and went on to inspire his adopters to start a rescue in his name. Discussion will include issues related to pit bull type dogs and how to make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs in R.I.

The talk is free and open to the public. Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home.

Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland, 401-846- 0592 x 120 or AnastaciaS@Potter- League.org.

Pickleball Clinic

The Newport Recreation Department’s summer pickleball season will offer an introductory clinic, Pickleball 101 on Mondays. Participants of this clinic will learn the rules, strategy and etiquette of the game. Equipment is provided. Beginners welcome. Participants should wear sneakers and bring water. The instruction is held at Hunter Park on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Preregistration preferred. Call 401-845- 5800 with any questions.

Yoga at Third Beach

Come experience relaxation, yoga, and the beauty of Third Beach. Seasoned yogi Shelley Dungan will offer Community Yoga on the Beach on Tuesday, June 23 from 6 -7 p.m. This session is free, subsequent classes are by donation with a portion of proceeds to benefit Clean Ocean Access. All are welcome to join this gentle class. Class will meet weather permitting at the North end of Third Beach. Parking is in the small parking lot, bring a beach sheet or blanket.

For more information, contact Shelley at 860-965-9995 or email yogishelley@gmail.com.

New Sports Fields Subcommittee to Meet

The newly-formed Middletown Athletic Fields Subcommittee will meet on Friday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at Middletown Town Hall, in Town Council Chambers.

The subcommittee is comprised of three town councilmen – Antone Viveiros, Paul Rodrigues and Henry “Rick” Lombardi, who were named by the council to explore the possibilities of locating new or finding ways to improve existing or unkempt athletic fields after a plan to build a half dozen sports fields on a 61-acre parcel off Mitchell’s Lane was rejected by the council three months ago.

“Our charge is to look at the conditions of the town’s athletic fields and to improve current field conditions and [to examine] the possible need for additional fields and matters related thereto,” Viveiros told Newport This Week.

“We know we have problems with the existing fields. We’ve talked to the people in charge of running the various athletic leagues,” he added. “We have to make a priority of what we need and we will then forward a plan. As soon as the current [summer] season ends, maybe we can have a plan [in place] and actually start doing something next year and be up to par.”

Viveiros said that one existing unused lot the committee will discuss is the former Drive-in Theater abutting Gaudet School to the west, off Aquidneck Ave., which is an empty lot. The town has wanted to do something with the property for many years.

“This is the first meeting. I expect we’ll have a couple of more,” said Viveiros.

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